Astro Malaysia Alternatives : Why choose an alternative?
Astro, which has been the mainstay of paid television in Malaysia had challenges recently in the form of HyppTV and And ABN TV, both significantly cheaper, though still lacking in premium content compared to Astro. After all, most top channels like HBO, MAX, ESPN and others are still with Astro. And Astro isn’t cheap.
Assuming you’re a Chinese movie buff, a Superpack3 would cost you RM 155.00, under promotional rates. And the usual rates would be RM 254.85. That’s roughly about 10-15% of a Malaysian fresh graduate’s income. Plus, there’s no way to control what you want to see when you want to see them. How about if you had a way to reduce costs and have the movies/TV series you want at your fingertips?
Astro Malaysia Alternatives : Who to choose from
If you already have High Speed Broadband (HSBB) in your home, you can consider Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. Our choice would be Netflix if you’re a movie buff
and Hulu Plus if you’re into TV series, especially due to Hulu Plus having chinese TV series that some of us would miss if we don’t have our Wah Lai Toi. (Unfortunately, Hulu Plus has been disabled outside of US)
Netflix is a viable competitor to Astro Malaysia, due to its range of TV series and movies. Recently, I binge watched TV series like Daredevil, Agents of SHIELD from Marvel and Gotham. The great thing about Netflix, is that you’re able to switch regions to US and enjoy TV series and movies not found on our local Malaysian Netflix.
How do we setup?
- Get yourself an Apple TV set
- Subscribe to both UnblockUS and Netflix/Hulu
- Read and apply guide on UnblockUS’ website
If you need more details on how to watch Netflix USA in Malaysia, read our other article here.
How about my Champions League soccer matches and all, you may ask? No fear, as you may watch free, live streaming matches via Bet365 or Unobet. Yes, they’re betting companies, but you don’t have to bet to watch. Just register, and as long as you’ve a HSBB, you’re free to go =)
And finally, how much do I need to pay for Netflix in Malaysia?
- UnblockUS – USD 4.99/month
- Netflix – USD 7.99/month
If you only subscribe to one of them, your overall charges are only USD 12.98/month. That’s roughly RM 39 to RM 45, depending on our currency fluctuation. And that’s way cheaper than Astro =)
On my end, I subscribed to HyppTV when they had the RM 30/month offer for all channels (existing ones then) and another RM 30/month for two of Astro’s Sports Channel, which were on HyppTV via a contract between Astro and Telekom Malaysia. Nevertheless, during the 2014 World Cup, I posted ways on how to watch World Cup 2014 for free via Unotelly 🙂
Btw, Hulu is having a 1 month free access, instead of their usual 1 week. Register here =) Netflix always had a 1 month free trial anyways.
(Sorry, we had to remove the deal as it was over. Will post up a new deal when it comes up again)
Conclusion on Astro Malaysia Alternatives
We firmly believe with the advent of high speed broadband services in Malaysia (which is still expensive when you consider the income of Malaysians), services like Netflix and Hulu are definitely the way to go. And these streaming services will only grow. For local cable TV providers, perhaps they should reconsider and reconfigure their current packages to suit the upcoming trend. Pricing Video On Demand at expensive prices and with time limitation, won’t help but further accelerate the growth of streaming services
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Is STREAMYX HSBB? By far XSTRO is another cheaper alternative for ASTRO but they don’t offer HD Channels.
No, Streamyx isn’t, but Unifi is 🙂 Maxis also has HSBB in Klang Valley, but not sure about Lawas bro
You are dead right about Netflix and Hulu Plus. There are plenty of info. in the net on how to subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus etc…. Just google it.
I subscribe to Unotelly and Netflix. After using it for near 2 years, I always wonder why people still continue to watch Astro and pays through their nose. Maybe its lack of knowledge about alternative access to videos and movies.
Indeed 🙂 Netflix is one of the best ways to watch TV series and movies without being stuck to the TV’s schedule. Rather, you can watch anytime, depending on your convenience.
how about live broadcast of news channels and documentary channels?
Live broadcasts of TV channels can be done for free if you’re on TV/HyppTV 🙂 Why pay RM 200/mo so that you can watch news?
Netflix does have some documentary channels, but they’re limited as it’s not the most in demand item. If you prefer documentaries, move on to Hulu Plus 🙂
Im an avid fan of sports Does any of the streaming channels you suggested have BPL/Champions League/Golf Channel in HD?
If they cover the above, I’m definitely gonna switch and terminate this Astro nonsense! Thanks for the advise!
While ESPN is available on AppleTV, there is no way to independently subscribe to it, unlike Netflix, HBO Now and various other channels currently available on individual subscription basis. Disney might enable ESPN to be subscribed individually in the near future